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5 Things You Can Do to Witness Christ

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About The SeriesThe You Can Do It Series encourages and equips believers to live out life as a disciple of Jesus Christ, being formed and shaped by God's Word. Written in a clear and encouraging style, each of these topical books gives Christians achievable goals for strengthening their faith and relationships. Each book features a consistent presentation of a topic in five parts with each part consisting of a presentation, summary, discussion questions, and several action steps.


About This Volume

For all the baptized, witnessing Christ is supposed to be part of our way of life. We are given to share our greatest gift, Jesus Christ, with anyone God allows us to meet. Yes, it can be intimidating. Surprisingly, it gets easier as you do it more often.



This volume will equip you to:


  • Witness Christ where He speaks and works
  • Witness Christ using Law and Gospel
  • Witness Christ's justification in Word and Sacraments
  • Witness Christ in words and deeds
  • Witness Christ on the front lines

  • Books In The Series

    Understand the Bible Better

    Witness Christ

    Make Your Marriage Stronger

    Read the Bible Prayerfully

    Have a Faithful Prayer Life

    Appreciate Science and Love the Bible

    Have a Stronger Family

    Live a Jesus-Centered Life

    Make Your Congregation a Caring Church

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780758641861
    Publication Date: 
    2013-07-01

    As One Without Authority

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    In his landmark "As One Without Authority," originally published in 1971 and updated by Chalice Press in three decades later, legendary preacher Fred B. Craddock explores the state of American preaching with the goal of restoring the power of preaching in shaping our religious lives.

    Craddock begins by conceding preaching is viewed by some as outdated and ineffective, with new forms of ministry emerging to meet contemporary needs. He identifies six challenges preachers face:
    The role activism plays in listeners' expectations of sermons, which have been lowered by years of ineffective preaching;
    The loss of power and meaning in words may lie in the nature of traditional religious language.
    The influence of television changed how our minds process information, weakening our ability to listen to a primarily auditory presentation
    The loss of certainty and the increase of tentativeness on the part of the preacher
    A completely new relationship between speaker and hearer
    The challenge that has always lurked in preaching: Communication is challenging!

    The revitalization of preaching requires more than just a revised understanding of the world. True power will be restored to the pulpit when preaching becomes a catalyst for personal and societal transformation. Expressing optimism that this renewal is imminent Craddock explores the signs that give him hope.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780827200265
    Publication Date: 
    2001-03-15
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    Built on the Rock: The Healthy Congregation

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    In Built on the Rock, Ted Kober, an expert in Christ-centered reconciliation, offers church leaders and members an effective prescription for building and sustaining healthy congregations. After first defining what "healthy" means, Kober explores fundamental concepts that help churches identify the root cause of their condition and regain church health.

    Rather than basing his concepts on the alluring wisdom of psychological theories or business management theory, Kober prescribes a return to the foundations of the Christian life: looking to Jesus, dwelling in God's Word, and living as reconciled children of God in mutual confession and forgiveness.

    It's by taking this biblical approach that Built on the Rock offers sought-after practices for not just conflict resolution but lasting reconciliation. Church leaders and members alike will appreciate this enlightening, convicting, and highly practical four-part book:

  • The foundation for health
  • Restoring health and nurturing spiritual wellness
  • Healthy spiritual leadership
  • Practical applications for improving spiritual health

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    9780758658067
    Publication Date: 
    2017-09-19
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    Care of Souls: Cultivating a Pastor's Heart

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    2020 Christianity Today Book Award Winner for Church/Pastoral Leadership
    2019 TGC Ministry Book of the Year Winner

    2020 ECPA Christian Book Award Winner for Ministry Resources.

    Drawing on a lifetime of pastoral experience, The Care of Souls is a beautifully written treasury of proven wisdom which pastors will find themselves turning to again and again.

    Harold Senkbeil helps remind pastors of the essential calling of the ministry: preaching and living out the Word of God while orienting others in the same direction. And he offers practical and fruitful advice--born out of his five decades as a pastor--that will benefit both new pastors and those with years in the pulpit.

    In a time when many churches have lost sight of the real purpose of the church, The Care of Souls invites a new generation of pastors to form the godly habits and practical wisdom needed to minister to the hearts and souls of those committed to their care.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781683593010
    Publication Date: 
    2019-06-26
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    Christ and Calamity: Grace and Gratitude in the Darkest Valley

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    2021 Christianity Today Beautiful Orthodoxy Award of Merit

    Lord, do you not care if we perish?

    That's what the frightened disciples shouted to Jesus as he slept in the stern of a storm-tossed boat. In the midst of suffering and uncertainty, we're all prone to think that God has forgotten us, he doesn't care, or he's powerless to do anything.

    In Christ and Calamity, Harold L. Senkbeil speaks pastorally to our suffering and uncertainty. Senkbeil shows God's constant and faithful grace to us. With Paul he encourages us: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thess 5:16-18).

    Calamities come in many different sizes, and God addresses them all in his word and by his Spirit. Even when we don't see or feel it, God is always faithful.

    "If I dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me" (Ps 139:9-10).

    The disciples' faith in the midst of the storm may have been weak, but Jesus was mighty to save. And he will save you, too. No matter how small your faith, you can count on him to hear your anguished cry and to answer.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781683594437
    Publication Date: 
    2020-06-03
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    Christ Have Mercy: How to Put Your Faith in Action

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    Through Scripture study, real-life experiences, and the writings of Lutheran Church Fathers, Christ Have Mercy urges Christians to consider the innumerable opportunities we have to show mercy--to fellow Christians and to anyone God places in our path.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780758615015
    Publication Date: 
    2008-01-01

    Christian Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems

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    Christian Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems
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    This book by Michael Banner explores and attempts to understand the significance of Christian belief for a range of contemporary and controversial ethical issues including euthanasia, the environment, biotechnology, abortion, the family, sexual ethics, and the distribution of scarce resources for health care. Its importance lies in its attempt to show the crucial difference that Christian belief makes to an understanding of these issues, while at the same time demonstrating some of the weaknesses and confusions of certain popular approaches to them.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780521625548
    Publication Date: 
    1999-09-28

    Church Music: For the Care of Souls

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    Church Music: For the Care of Souls
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    The Lord's song sings faith into people's hearts.

    Music is central to the life of the church. In Church Music: For the Care of Souls, Phillip Magness helps the church to recover the primary instrument in worship: congregational voices. With voices raised, we sing praises to our God and King for his Son Jesus Christ. Singing calls for a special kind of leadership--not only on the part of musicians, but also among pastors and lay leaders. Together, leaders can help congregations find their voice and reclaim the power of music for the care of souls.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781683597100
    Publication Date: 
    2023-10-25
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    Company of Preachers: Wisdom on Preaching - Augustine to the Present

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    Company of Preachers: Wisdom on Preaching - Augustine to the Present
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    This unique volume draws on the wisdom of Christian thinkers and preachers from across the ages to present a warm and informative collection of insights on the art of preaching.

    Gathering the writing of figures as diverse as Augustine, John Chrysostom, Jonathan Edwards, Gardner C. Taylor, and Barbara Brown Taylor, The Company of Preachers provides experienced advice on effective preaching, direct from the pens of those who have known it best. The book is arranged in seven divisions, each covering a central component of the preaching task. Editor Richard Lischer, himself a distinguished preacher and teacher, gives a brief introduction to each selection.

    Aptly presenting a theological and historical cross-section of the church's homiletics, this volume will be invaluable to preachers, students preparing for ministry, and others seeking models of powerful Christian speech.

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    Features insights on preaching from:

  • Augustine
  • Karl Barth
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Walter Brueggemann
  • Rudolf Bultmann
  • Horace Bushnell
  • David Buttrick
  • John Calvin
  • John Cassian
  • John Chrysostom,
  • Fred B. Craddock
  • C. H. Dodd
  • Jarena Lee
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Charles Grandison Finney
  • P. T. Forsyth
  • Harry Emerson Fosdick
  • Gregory the Great
  • George Herbert
  • Martin Luther,
  • Henry H. Mitchell
  • John Henry Newman
  • Phoebe Palmer
  • Paul Ricoeur
  • Oscar Romero
  • Friedrich Schleiermacher
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon
  • Barbara Brown Taylor
  • Gardner C. Taylor
  • John Wesley, and many more,
    "
  • ISBN/SKU: 
    9780802846099
    Publication Date: 
    2002-08-30

    Complete Guide to Sermon Delivery (Out of Print)

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    Chapter one establishes a seven-fold approach-the Disciplers' Model-to Christian teaching. This model was developed in response to a question that would not let the author go-'How should I teach so that my learners will grow in the Lord?'
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780805412406
    Publication Date: 
    1996-07-01
    Author: 
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    Eutychus Youth: Applied Theology for Youth Ministry in the 21st Century

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    Eutychus Youth: Applied Theology for Youth Ministry in the 21st Century
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    This book examines what Lutheran theology adds to the whole field of youth ministry that isn't found elsewhere. It begins with an introduction to Eutychus, who is a paradigm of adolescent development.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780758625694
    Publication Date: 
    2010-07-02
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    Evangelism: For the Care of Souls

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    Evangelism is the heart of pastoral care.

    In Evangelism: For the Care of Souls, Sean McGever reminds ministers that announcing--and reannouncing--the good news of Jesus is central to pastoral care. The gospel rightly belongs at the start of a Christian's life, but its role does not end there. It is the balm and cure of our hearts for all of life. We must all be evangelized and re-evangelized.

    Avoiding a simplistic, manipulative, or guilt-inducing message, Evangelism: For the Care of Souls presents a vision and strategy for ministers to evangelize in a way that is refreshing, biblical, and sustainable.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781683596899
    Publication Date: 
    2023-05-17
    Author: 
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    Feasting in a Famine of the Word

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    The Lord warns of a ""famine . . . of hearing the word of the Lord"" (Amos 8:11). Has this warning come to pass in our day? There is no shortage of preachers, but how often do they miss the mark in actually delivering the word of God to their hearers, leaving them hungry? The authors of these essays seek to equip preachers with resources to offer their hearers a rich feast from the word of the Lord. Writing from a Lutheran perspective, contributors from across the globe provide a fresh approach to preaching. These authors represent seasoned pastors and professors as well as young scholars. All are actively preaching and teaching God's word on a regular basis. This book covers a wide range of topics relating to preaching--from the scriptural background and hermeneutical issues to historical examples of notable preachers, and also practical guides to crafting and delivering a sermon. These essays will assist preachers in proclaiming God's word in a manner that provides a feast for those living in a famine-stricken world. ""It's no secret that preaching has fallen on hard times in our day. But help is on the way. In this book preachers will be both challenged and equipped for a task humanly impossible: to faithfully proclaim glad tidings in a world of hurt and despair. Woven like a golden thread throughout is the distinctly Lutheran conviction that the Word of God is living and active to both kill and make alive in Christ Jesus."" --Harold L. Senkbeil, Executive Director for Spiritual Care, Doxology: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel Mark W. Birkholz is Pastor of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Jacob Corzine is Campus Minister at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa. Jonathan Mumme is Assistant Professor of Theology at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, Wisconsin.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781498203166
    Publication Date: 
    2016-02-16
    Publisher: 

    Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization

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    MORE THAN ONE MILLION COPIES IN PRINT - "One of the seminal management books of the past seventy-five years."--Harvard Business Review

    This revised edition of the bestselling classic is based on fifteen years of experience in putting Peter Senge's ideas into practice. As Senge makes clear, in the long run the only sustainable competitive advantage is your organization's ability to learn faster than the competition. The leadership stories demonstrate the many ways that the core ideas of the Fifth Discipline, many of which seemed radical when first published, have become deeply integrated into people's ways of seeing the world and their managerial practices.

    Senge describes how companies can rid themselves of the learning blocks that threaten their productivity and success by adopting the strategies of learning organizations, in which new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, collective aspiration is set free, and people are continually learning how to create the results they truly desire.

    Mastering the disciplines Senge outlines in the book will:

    - Reignite the spark of genuine learning driven by people focused on what truly matters to them
    - Bridge teamwork into macrocreativity
    - Free you of confining assumptions and mindsets
    - Teach you to see the forest and the trees
    - End the struggle between work and personal time

    This updated edition contains more than one hundred pages of new material based on interviews with dozens of practitioners at companies such as BP, Unilever, Intel, Ford, HP, and Saudi Aramco and organizations such as Roca, Oxfam, and The World Bank.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780385517256
    Publication Date: 
    2006-03-21
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    Funerals: For the Care of Souls

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    Death will strike your congregation. Are you ready? Are they?
    Death has become a four-letter word. Whereas in previous generations, the practice of memento mori ("remember death") was embedded in family life, people today have found ways to distance themselves from death. As Western culture becomes increasingly more secular, the Christian understanding of death and the funeral appear more and more strange.
    Fear of death affects us all, and so pastors have significant hurdles to overcome. What Christians need today is a renewed vision of the traditional Christian funeral liturgy. In Funerals, Tim Perry recovers the rich theology inherent to the Christian funeral: communion with the saints in death, peace in forgiveness, hope in the resurrection, and joy in life eternal. Perry guides pastors through the practice of funerals, from planning the service to preaching the eulogy, and offers wisdom for the hard cases.
    Perry's Funerals will help pastors disciple their people to see through the valley of the shadow of death and into the hope beyond.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781683594734
    Publication Date: 
    2021-08-04
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    God with Us: Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Sermons

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    $16.00
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781934328118
    Publication Date: 
    2014-09-14
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    God's Chosen Fast

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    Sometimes doubt, fear, and disappointment cause us to lose confidence in God. In this book, Dwayne E. Mercer helps readers see past disappointments through God's eyes and gain courage from biblical examples of faith. He provides tools for us to take faith-risks for God again, stepping out in courageous faith.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780875085548
    Publication Date: 
    2016-01-05
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    Handling the Word of Truth, Revised Ed.

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    Handling the Word of Truth-Revised Edition takes C.F.W. Walther's twenty-five theses on the proper distinction between Law and Gospel and offers a fresh exposition for modern Christians. The revised edition is updated to work in tandem with a new edition of Walther's classic work, Law & Gospel: How to Read and Apply the Bible. Pless provides a solid introduction both to the theological framework of Law & Gospel and to the variety of life settings and issues that require God's people to think about and act on their faith. The book serves as an entry point to access Walther's text and helps believers to read, understand, and apply God's Word to life's many circumstances through reflection and discussion.



    Features

  • Uses Walther's classic Law & Gospel: How to Read and Apply the Bible as the foundation for discussion.
  • Makes classic theological treatise accessible for the contemporary Christian.
  • Incorporates questions for personal reflection or group discussion.

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    9780758648952
    Publication Date: 
    2015-01-01
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    Homiletical Plot : The Sermon as Narrative Art Form

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    Homiletical Plot : The Sermon as Narrative Art Form
    $30.00

    Now in reissue with a new foreword by Fred B. Craddock and afterword by the author, Eugene L. Lowry, The Homiletical Plot, Expanded Edition follows in the same solid tradition of its predecessor. Upon its release, The Homiletical Plot quickly became a pivotal work on the art of preaching. Instead of comments on a biblical passage, Lowry suggested that the sermon follow a narrative form that moves from beginning to end, as with the plot of a story. This expanded edition continues to be an excellent teaching resource and learning tool for all preachers from introductory students to seasoned clergy.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780664222642
    Publication Date: 
    2000-12-01

    How to Keep Your Church Out of Court

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    Addresses the need for development and maintenance of physically and legally safe church premises. Includes personnel issues.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780758600646
    Publication Date: 
    2002-07-01

    How to Preach for a Funeral

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    This booklet intends to aid preachers in the sacred task of being as clear as possible when preaching funeral sermons. When pastors do not preach certain topics clearly, their ambiguity can become an invitation for hearers to fill the vacuum with unscriptural ideas that supplant the divine truth. Drawing from his own pastoral experience and from conversations with other pastors, Stephen Preus addresses eight key topics, briefly walking through how not to fall prey to imprecision, so that the preacher does not inadvertently distract from Christ and the hope we have in Him. He also provides eight masterfully crafted sermons, which demonstrate both the clarity he has striven to achieve himself, and how the truth may be preached with all the kindness and gentleness of the heart of a loving and faithful pastor.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781960840004
    Publication Date: 
    2023-07-05

    How Your Church Family Works

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    Drawing on the work of Bowen, Friedman, and his own many years' counseling experience, Peter Steinke shows how to recognize and deal with the emotional roots of such issues as church conflict, leadership roles, congregational change, irresponsible behavior, and the effect of family of origin on current relationships. Discover why working relationships may be "stuck" in certain behaviors. Psychologically sound, theologically grounded, and practically illustrated with case studies, How Your Church Family Works will help you better understand how your congregation works and how to keep it healthy. Featuring a new preface and a fresh redesign, the book is a classic work by one of the most respected names in congregational consulting.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781566993296
    Publication Date: 
    2006-11-20

    Living Word

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    Living Word
    $29.00
    The teaching of Dr Gustaf Wingren,Professor at the University of Lund, is beginning to dominate the theological scene in Sweden. Through previously translated books it is also beginning to make its mark in the English-speaking world. This is the translation of Dr Wingrcn's most important book to date-a systematic and profoundly argued treatment of the major themes in Christian theology in relation to the contemporary preacher's proclamation of the living Word of God in the Church.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781579109424
    Publication Date: 
    2002-04-24
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    Lutheran Education: From Wittenberg to the Future

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    The liberal arts model has traditionally been preferred in Lutheran elementary classrooms. No other educational paradigm so well meets the requirements of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. There is no reason that the liberal arts cannot be adapted to meet contemporary needs. The question is, what should be the main focus of a contemporary presentation of the arts?

    Thomas Korcok demonstrates how the Wittenberg theologians settled on a liberal arts education as the preferred model for Evangelical Christian elementary schools. He then traces how that model persisted and was adapted as Lutherans moved from Europe to North America. Korcok concludes that the liberal arts model fits our contemporary setting as changes in society today make it ever more important to have an elementary education that is compatible with Evangelical Theology. The book includes:

  • Historic exploration of educational models in view of theological truths
  • The challenge of influences that push educators either to the Word as objective truth or away from the Word toward secular standards of truth
  • A definition of an Evangelical Liberal Arts approach, its flexibility, and how it fits into classrooms today
  • Extensive references to educational, historical, and theological literature

  • ISBN/SKU: 
    9780758628343
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    Lutheran Preaching?: Law and Gospel Proclamation Today

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    Lutheran Preaching?: Law and Gospel Proclamation Today
    $34.99
    "This compilation of previously published articles serves as a sourcebook of significant essays on the theology and practice of preaching, with the aim of providing encouragement and guidance for pastors in the preaching task. Lutheran Preaching? aims to inform, inspire, and equip pastors for biblically accurate, Christ-centered, and confident proclamation of God's Word. It will be an apologetic for unabashedly Lutheran Law and Gospel preaching. The essays cover a broad range of homiletical topics including material addressing the history, theology, and practice of preaching"--
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780758672322
    Publication Date: 
    2022-11-01